Apparently, Samsung looks to buck the trend with the Note 3, which will be officially introduced to the world on September 4 at a pre-IFA 2013 Berlin event. According to the leak purveyors at Sam Mobile, the Galaxy Note 3 will ship with Android 4.3 out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy Note III will ship with Android 4.3 out of the box. Samsung has just started testing Android 4.3 internally. #CONFIRMED
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) August 9, 2013
It seems that Sam Mobile inferred that the Note 3 would be running Android 4.3 at launch from test firmware files that are already circulating.
Android 4.3 brings a series of relatively small, behind-the-scenes updates, most notably OpenGL ES 3.0 for high performance graphics, Bluetooth Smart (low energy) support, restricted user profiles for tablets, as well as many performance improvements and developer-focused features.
While Android 4.3 represents a rather small jump from Android 4.2, history has taught us not to overestimate the manufacturers’ capabilities when it comes to software updates. Sure, Samsung benefits from making the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, but with less than a month to go until the Note 3 lands, time is limited.